School news 30th October 2009

Aspire Leadership Training Course – Two of our S5 pupils, Reece Linley and Ryan Moir attended a leadership activity course at Badaguish (near Aviemore) recently for a week long set of activities aimed at developing leadership skills.  Reece and Ryan were the youngest in the group who were made up of young adults from all over Scotland.  They returned full of confidence and very pleased with the busy and tiring schedule they endured.  As is the norm when our pupils go out into the world, Reece and Ryan impressed the organizers and we quote from the feedback received:  We worked them all really hard and both boys were enthusiastic and took part in everything, … they were definitely great Ambassadors for Gairloch High School and it was a pleasure to have them along with us – Liz Simpson, Careers Scotland.. Well done boys!

Proiseact an Darna Cogaidh / “Their Past … Your Future” Project Bha sianar sgoilearan (Ceithidh Hulme, Yarima Conway, Ciaran MacAlasdair, Anna Nic Ghill’-Leathain, Calum Street agus Ainslie NicCoinnich) an sàs ann am pròiseact eachdraidh Dihaoine, an dàrna latha den Dàmhair. Tha am pròiseact “Their Past … Your Future” a’ gabhail àite ann an sgoiltean air feadh na h-Alba an-dràsta ‘s sgoilearan a’ bruidhinn ri ginealach nas sine aig a bheil cuimhne air àm an Dàrna Cogaidh. Bha sinn fhèin air leth toilichte ùine a chur seachad ann an cuideachd Iseabail NicCoinnich agus Ceitidh NicCoinnich ‘s iad a’ toirt dhuinn sealladh air mar a bha beatha aig an àm sin. Chaidh an còmhradh a chlàradh agus bidh DVD air a dhèanamh dheth.

“Bha e uabhasach inntinneach ‘s chòrd e rium gu mòr. Fhuair mi a-mach mòran mun sgìre aig àm a’ chogaidh ‘s mar a bha e a bhith a’ fàs suas aig an àm.” (Ainslie)

“Bha Ceitidh ‘s Iseabail uabhasach còir ‘s fhuair sinn a-mach tòrr mun àite.” (Yarima)

We reported previously that six pupils (Ceitidh Hulme, Yarima Conway, Ciaran Alexander, Ann MacLean, Callum Street and Ainslie Mackenzie) were involved in a history project on Friday the second of October.  The project “Their Past … Your Future” is taking place in schools throughout Scotland just now and involves pupils speaking to older generations who remember the Second World War. We were very happy to spend time in the company of Isabel MacKenzie and Ceitidh Mackenzie who gave us a great insight into life at the time. The conversation was recorded and a DVD will be made from it.

Earthquake recordingFollowing a recent training course attended by Mrs Macrae and Mr Hulme, the school has been given a seismometer from the British Geological Survey under its School Seismology Project.  The model is an MUTR horizontal seismometer that uses electromagnetic induction to detect ground motion. It is hoped to have it set up in the coming weeks so that seismic activity around the world can be monitored and recorded. The scope for projects involving Geography and Science, in particular, is great and it is hoped that pupils will benefit from an increased understanding of earthquakes with this new piece of equipment. For anyone interested in finding out more go to the following websites: and

Inter-house rowing competition – On Monday 5th October the annual indoor rowing competition took place.  After a range of competition races and a large number of personal challenges Maree came first, closely followed by Tollaidh with Kerry in third place.  Congratulations to the S4 Skills for Work pupils who organised and ran the event as part of their course. Click here for some photos of the event.

Am Mod Ionadail / The Local ModSome additional music results from the event in Poolewe last month. Click here for the full set.

U14 March Strathspey and Reel – 3rd Jamie MacLean
Gaelic Air – 3rd Jamie MacLean
14-18 Puiobaireachd – 3rd Conal McDonagh
14-18  March, Strathspey and Reel – 2nd Conal McDonagh

Well done to all the pupils who represented Wester Ross in the recent Poolewe MOD.  The judges commented on the calibre of piping remaining strong in the area and were pleased to see so many taking their music seriously. Perhaps the closest competition was the 14-18 March, Strathspey and Reel with only 3 points difference in the top 3. –  Grant Milne

Debating – On Wednesday 7th October Miss Mackison took Storm Lawson, S6 and Lyle Walker, S2 through to Inverness to take part in The North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition.  The motion was “this house would ban cosmetic surgery”.  Miss Mackison reported that the pupils performed admirably.  The 3rd round is on 5th November at Inverness Royal Academy – our team will sum up for the proposition that: This House believes in compulsory retirement at 60.

Jeans for Genes Day – On Friday 9th October, the school raised over £200 for the Jeans for Genes charity.  Pupils donated £1 to wear their jeans.  For an extra 50p they could wear trainers.

Highland Homecoming A’Chraobh Project – “Gothic Gairloch” First year English classes are embarking on an investigation of strange and supernatural tales that originate within the parish.  They will be interviewing family, friends and neighbours about local legends and researching them in the library and online.  Pupils will then record some interviews and present podcasts of some of the stories for the school and A’Chraobh websites.  Former pupil and Head Girl, Eilidh Smith (formerly Lawrie) is supporting the English Department in this project.  If you have any stories to contribute, please contact the school and we will try to arrange an interview.

Scottish Opera – P7 and S1 will be working with professional singers, production and technical staff from Scottish Opera next week, culminating in a public performance at 7pm on Friday 6th November.  The opera is a specially commissioned work for the Scottish Homecoming Year called “The Tale o’ Tam”, based on Burns’ famous epic poem “Tam o’ Shanter”. Tickets for the show are free, but voluntary donations will be accepted.  Tickets are available from the High School Office and available to the public as well as parents.

Important Dates
After school study clubs will commence Tuesday 3rd November.  In the first instance this will be aimed at S4 who begin their prelim exams on November 25th 2009.

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